West Bromwich born wing half Sammy Timmins began his football career with Dudley Town in 1898 before joining Second Division Walsall, for whom he made his Football League debut at Chesterfield Town in March 1900. He hadn’t completed his second season with The Saddlers when he was signed by First Division Nottingham Forest in March 1902 after 35 appearances, going straight into the Forest line up as they finished 4th in the League Championship.
He enjoyed five full seasons at The City Ground, scoring 5 times in 136 appearances, before their relegation in 1906, whereupon he left the club and joined West Bromwich Albion that summer. While at Albion he was in a side that was generally contending for promotion, however by the time they got it in 1910-11, winning the Second Division Championship, injury restricted Timmins to 7 appearances during the campaign and subsequently forced his retirement from professional football in the summer of 1911 after 3 goals in 116 appearances for The Baggies, although he continued playing in non league football, initially for Sutton Junction in 1912, then for Mansfield Town in 1913 and finally he joined Sutton Town in 1914 ahead of the First World War. He served as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery of the British Army during the War and saw action on the Italian Front.
NB he may have been the younger brother or a cousin of Albion’s 1880’s player George Timmins.